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  • Writer's pictureHelen Colebrook

Journaling with Forgotten Supplies

If I'm feeling a bit uninspired with my creative journaling, I like to look through all of my supplies and find something that I haven't used in a while. I suspect many of us have some treasures lurking at the back of a cupboard somewhere, that really deserve to be used in our journals. I find that forgotten supplies often bring me new ideas and are such fun to play with.

*You can click on any of the images below to enlarge them.

  1. The "forgotten supplies" that I chose are Faber-Castell Gelatos. They are a kind of waxy crayon that is water-reactive. They're really beautiful and I have no idea why I don't use them more.

  2. In my latest book, you can see how I used gelatos to add colour to this art journal page. They're a really versatile medium.

  3. To create the sky on these journal pages, I selected three different shades of blue. I then started scribbling with the gelato in sections across the top of my page.

4. I then carried on doing the same thing with the other two blue colours, until I had

finished the sky area.

5. Next, I dipped a paintbrush in water and started activitating the colours in the gelatos. I

really like how the colours blend into each other, but you can still see the different


6. For the next step, I decided to use my first book for inspiration. I absolutely adore

adding doodles of little houses to my journal pages, so I thought these would be


7. For doodling the houses, I used a Sakura Pigma Micron pen. These are waterproof pens

and are great for doodling and sketching.

8. Next, I scribbed with different coloured gelatos onto a ceramic saucer. I then dipped a

wet paintbrush into the colours and used them to paint my little houses.

9. Finally, I used the space between the sky and the houses to add a quote and my journal


I'm so happy with how cheerful the pages look and that I used one of my forgotten supplies. I do hope you will have a look through your stash and get creating too.

*Some of the links contained within this blog post are affiliate links. This means that I earn a small commission if you choose to make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

If you would like to watch me creating these pages, then you can find the video down below. Thank you so much for being here and happy journaling, Helen x

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